The Iran Project and the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies present:

“Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: Unpacking the Geneva Talks and Implications for US Policy”

with Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews

President, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Ambassador William H. Luers

Director, The Iran Project

Former Ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Venezuela

Dr. Gary Sick

Senior Research Scholar, Middle East Institute, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs and Affiliate, Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies


Dr. Jessica Tuchman Mathews is president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1993 to 1997 as director of the Council’s Washington program.  In 1993, she also served as deputy to the undersecretary of state for global affairs at the State Department. Prior to that, Mathews was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute.  She also served as director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council, where she worked on issues including nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales policy, chemical and biological warfare, and human rights.

Ambassador William H. Luers served as U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1983-1986) and Venezuela (1978-1982) and held numerous posts in Italy, Germany, the Soviet Union, and in the Department of State, where he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe (1977-1978) and for the Inter-American Affairs (1975-1977). He is now an Adjunct Professor at SIPA, Columbia University and directs The Iran Project. He was formerly President of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) for ten years.

Dr. Gary Sick is a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute and an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Sick served on the National Security Council under Presidents Ford, Carter, and Reagan. He was the principal White House aide for Iran during the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis. Sick is a captain (ret.) in the U.S. Navy, with service in the Persian Gulf, North Africa, and the Mediterranean.
From 1982 to 1987, Sick served as deputy director for international affairs at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for programs relating to U.S. foreign policy. He is a member (emeritus) of the board of Human Rights Watch in New York and founding chair of its advisory committee on the Middle East and North Africa. He is the executive director of Gulf/2000, an international online research project on political, economic and security developments in the Persian Gulf, being conducted at Columbia University since 1993 with support from a number of major foundations. Sick was voted one of the top five teachers in 2009 at the School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author of All Fall Down: America’s Tragic Encounter With Iran (Random House 1985) and October Surprise: America’s Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan (Random House 1991). Gary Sick received his BA from the University of Kansas in 1957; a Master of Science from George Washington University in 1970; and a PhD from Columbia University in 1973.


Dr. Mathews, Ambassador Luers and Dr. Sick will discuss the implications of ongoing negotiations in Geneva over the future of Iran’s nuclear program, and how they could affect future U.S. policy towards that country.